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The author of the book: Jeanne Flavin
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Edition: New York University Press
Date of issue: November 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780814727553
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The size of the: 27.45 MB
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The Real Issue behind the Abortion Debate
An op-ed by Jeanne Flavin in the San Francisco ChronicleThe intense policing of womenas reproductive capacity places womenas health and human rights in great peril. Poor women are pressured to undergo sterilization. Women addicted to illicit drugs risk arrest for carrying their pregnancies to term. Courts, child welfare, and law enforcement agencies fail to recognize the efforts of battered and incarcerated women to care for their children. Pregnant inmates are subject to inhumane practices such as shackling during labor and poor prenatal care. And decades after Roe, the criminalization of certain procedures and regulation of abortion providers still obstruct women's access to safe and private abortions.In this important work, Jeanne Flavin looks beyond abortion to document how the law and the criminal justice system police women's rights to conceive, to be pregnant, and to raise their children. Through vivid and disturbing case studies, Flavin shows how the state seeks to establish what a agood womana and afit mothera should look like and whose reproduction is valued. With a stirring conclusion that calls for broad-based measures that strengthen women's economic position, choice-making, autonomy, sexual freedom, and health care, Our Bodies, Our Crimes is a battle cry for all women in their fight to be fully recognized as human beings. At its heart, this book is about the right of a woman to be a healthy and valued member of society independent of how or whether she reproduces.
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Read information about the authorJeanne Flavin is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University.
Dr. Flavin earned her Ph.D. in Sociology: Justice from American University in 1995. Her scholarship examines the impact of the criminal justice system on women, and has appeared in Gender & Society, Justice Quarterly, and the Fordham University Urban Law Journal. She is the author of "Our Bodies, Our Crimes" (NYU, 2009) on the criminalization of women's reproduction and co-authored the book, "Class, Race, Gender & Crime: Social Realities of Justice in America, 2nd ed." (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010). In 2009, Jeanne accepted a Fulbright Award to undertake research at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She proudly chairs the board of directors of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.